Ten fun facts about Arnold Orville Beckman


Fact 1
He founded Beckman Instruments based on his 1934 invention of the pH meter, a device for measuring acidity.

Fact 2
He also funded the first transistor company, thus giving rise to Silicon Valley.

Fact 3
While attending the University of Illinois, he was initiated into Zeta Chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma in 1921 and the Gamma Alpha Graduate Scientific Fraternity in December 1922. He joined the Delta Upsilon Fraternity.


Fact 4
Beckman decided to go to Caltech for his doctorate.

Fact 5
Beckman invented the pH meter in 1935.

Fact 6
Beckman and his family also sponsored the creation of the Arnold O. Beckman High School in Irvine, California.

Fact 7
He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1976.

Fact 8
At Western Electric, Beckman developed quality control programs for the manufacture of vacuum tubes and learned about circuit design. It was here that Beckman discovered his interest in electronics.

Fact 9
After receiving his doctorate in 1928, Beckman was asked to stay on at Caltech as an instructor and then as a professor.

Fact 10
Beckman's interest in electronics made him very popular within the chemistry department, as he was very skilled in building measuring instruments.


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Arnold Orville Beckman was an American industrialist, investor, inventor, chemist, and philanthropist

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